A grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., decided Monday night not to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. Protests that had remained peaceful throughout the day and preceding weekend intensified soon after the decision was announced.
Below are front pages from newspapers around the country that led with the news out of Ferguson. (Front pages courtesy of the Newseum)
Most Missouri papers displayed the news prominently, using most or all of their front page real estate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for example, gave the whole page over to the decision. A big, banner headline announced the grand jury decision while subheads and a giant photo of police in riot gear passing a burning cop car told the story.
Other Missouri newspapers ran images of Brown’s family’s reaction under headlines like “NO INDICTMENT,” instead, and addressed the protests further down the page.
The Camdenton, Mo., Lake Sun newspaper, which covers the Camdenton county area about 200 miles outside Ferguson, featured Thanksgiving on its front page and gave the Ferguson story the banner.
Outside Missouri, newspapers leading with Ferguson also faced the question of how much focus to give Monday night’s turbulence on the front page. Some, like The Wall Street Journal, gave it less play than other national papers, while The Chicago Tribune opted to use a particularly arresting version of one of the night’s most iconic images.
The New York Times also featured one of the night’s most striking moments.
Although that version of the man standing in front of armored cars with his hands raised doesn’t quite manage to capture the scale that other news outlets were able to provide with their helicopters.
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And, lastly, the New York Post chose a burning car image with the headline “Streets of Rage.”
The grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., and everything that followed didn’t make front pages around the world though. Major newspapers in The UK, Mexico, China, Russia, India and Israel all led with other stories.